Harvest Cycle

photo Groundcorps crew on compost route
George, Javon, Ricky and Teetee will pick up and process your compost!

Groundwork Rhode Island is now running Harvest Cycle – a year-round residential compost pickup service! Food scraps are picked up and composted by our own GroundCorp landscape crew at one of two local compost depots–our Ring Street garden in Federal Hill, and Brown Street Community Garden on the East Side.

subscribe to Harvest Cycle in two easy steps!


1. Click here to fill out our registration google form. 

2. Pay online:

Pay what you can afford

Paying a bit more if you can afford to do so will allow us to offer more subsidized pickups for those who can afford less.

OR, JOIN THE WAITING LIST FOR OUR FREE PICKUP PROGRAM!

This program is designed for who would choose $0 in the pay what you can afford menu.

If you would like to make a one-time donation to the subsidized pick-up program, please do so through the general donation button at the top of the screen, and send an email to kmurphy@groundworkri.org to let us know to earmark that donation for Harvest Cycle!

In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and maintain a hyper-local model, we are currently growing our customer base in targeted areas along our current route, and near our existing drop-off sites. This serves our long-term goal of picking up from all of our customers by bicycle. We are currently accepting new customers on the East Side, Federal Hill and West End neighborhoods. Soon, we will be opening a new compost hub in South Providence, so residents of that neighborhood are encouraged get in touch, and we will let you know when we can accommodate you.

How it works:

1) We give you a 5-gallon bucket and you fill it with food scraps.

2) Every two weeks you will receive an email reminding you to put your bucket out. We will collect the food scraps the next morning, leaving the bucket behind with some sawdust on the bottom to mitigate smell.

4) We will compost your food scraps at our Ring Street garden.

5) You will receive some finished compost in the spring for your garden, or you can choose to have it donated to a community garden.

Groundwork RI’s youth and adult employment programs are both involved in the food scrap collection, processing, and food growing operations, creating economic opportunity for lower-income residents!

We are currently picking food scraps up from the Federal Hill and West End neighborhoods by bicycle, and from other areas on a truck.

We are also interested in hearing from small businesses, multi-unit apartment buildings, and institutions (schools, hospitals, etc.) about your composting interests and needs. We can help you set up a composting system on-site, provide pickup service through Harvest Cycle, or connect you with other composting businesses and efforts in RI that might better fit your size/volume of food scraps and needs.

Please contact Katie at kmurphy @ groundworkri.org with any questions or if you have any trouble registering online.